I just got in touch with a couple of old high school friends who are engaged in an email debate about creation vs. evolution. My response may not be helpful:
Whee, I can tell I won’t be much help around here. 🙂 My take:
The modernist point of view is that reason can ultimately explain everything that is. Anything that is not reasonable is dismissed. Everything can be broken down into smaller constituent facts.
…This came out of the Enlightenment, and contributed greatly to humanity by creating the environment for science.
The modernist sensibility gave us “liberal theology” as people sought to apply science to Scripture, and began questioning the texts themselves. But modernism also gave us “evangelicalism” which rose to defend the texts using the same tools of science. The evolution vs. creation debate is a small part of the larger liberal vs. evangelical struggle. Keep in mind that both sides are arguing from a modernist point of view.
Now consider that modernism did not exist when the Bible was written.
Stick that in your creation vs. evolution pipe and smoke it for a bit. 😉
Your increasingly postmodern friend,